John Wares

Graduate Program Faculty
Joint appointment: Dept. of Genetics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

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Ph.D., Duke University, 2000

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Dr. Wares has a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and the Department of Genetics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

I study gene flow and molecular evolution in natural populations with a particular interest in examining the effects of asymmetric dispersal. Although the approaches I use would fit wind-dispersed and riverine species, most of the work in my lab is on marine species, with barnacles being one of my favorite groups. The dispersal of marine larvae has the potential to add to our understanding of how physical and environmental forces lead to the balance of diversity we see in coastal communities.

  • Population Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Organismal Ecology
  • Aqautic Ecology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
Selected Publications

Altman, S., J. D. Robinson, J. Pringle, J. Byers and J. P. Wares. 2013. Edges and overlaps in Northwest Atlantic phylogeography. Diversity 5: 263-275.

Robinson, J., D. Hall, and J. P. Wares. 2013. Approximate Bayesian estimation of extinction rate in the Finnish Daphnia magna metapopulation. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12283.

Zakas, C. and J. P. Wares. 2012. Consequences of a poecilogonous life history for genetic structure in coastal populations of the polychaete Streblospio benedicti. Molecular Ecology 21: 5447-5460. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12040.

Cox, C., C. Jones, J. P. Wares, K. Castillo, M. McField, J. Bruno. 2012. Genetic testing reveals some fish mislabeling but general compliance with a ban on herbivorous fish harvesting in Belize. Conservation Letters, in press.

Robinson, J. D., C. R. Haag, D. W. Hall, V. I. Pajunen, and J. P. Wares. 2012. Genetic estimates of population age in the water flea, Daphnia magna. J. Heredity, in press.

Laughlin, K., C. Ewers, and J. P. Wares. 2012. Mitochondrial lineages inNotochthamalus scabrosus as indicators of coastal recruitment and interactions. Ecology & Evolution 3:283. DOI:10.1002/ece3.283.

Ewers, C. and J. P. Wares. 2012. Examining an outlier: molecular diversity in the Cirripedia. Integrative & Comparative Biology. DOI:10.1093/icb/ics047.

Small, S. T., R. Eytan, K. Bockrath, J. P. Wares. 2012. Evaluation of genetic structure across freshwater mussel community (genus Elliptio) in the Altamaha River basin. Conservation Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-012-0345-y.

Díaz-Ferguson, E., R. Haney, J. P. Wares, and B. Silliman. 2010. Population genetics of an overexploited species broadens picture of Caribbean Sea connectivity. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12675. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0012675.

Ilves, K., J. P. Wares, M. J. Hickerson. 2010. Inference of assemblage-level demographic histories of the North Atlantic intertidal. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04790.x.

Richards, C. L., J. P. Wares, J. A. Mackie. 2010. Evaluating adaptive processes for conservation and management of estuarine and coastal resources. Estuaries & Coasts. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-010-9306-1.

Small, S. T. and J. P. Wares. 2010. Phylogeography and Marine Retention. Journal of Biogeography 37: 781-784.

Wares, J.P. 2010. Natural distributions of sequence diversity support new null hypotheses. Evolution doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00870.x.

Zakas, C., J. Binford, S.A. Navarette and J.P. Wares. 2009. Upwelling-driven community transitions reflected in limited barnacle gene flow. Marine Ecology Progress Series 394: 165-177.

Wares, J.P., M.S. Pankey, F. Pitombo, L. Gómez-Daglio and Y. Achituv. 2009. A shallow phylogeny of shallow barnacles (Chthamalus). PLoS ONE 4: e5567.